November 12, 2009

Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Ivy June lives in the back woods in Kentucky. She is not well off but has family that never gives up and works through everything together. Catherine lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She goes to private school, lives in a big house and has a great family as well. When the two girls are set up to do a student exchange program they learn more about each others lives than they ever expected. Each girl has problems of their own that the other begins to understand. In the end, the two girls find they are more alike and different than they ever dreamed.

Faith, Hope and Ivy June is a fantastic book that does a great job describing each girls lives and the turmoil they are in. Each girl deals with a dramatic situation while they are staying together. The two girls realize that they must deal with their situations in similar ways. I found the whole book amazing. It boggles the mind that there are still people living in the United States who do not have indoor toilets and telephone lines. I loved witnessing Catherine's reactions to the new surroundings when she comes to stay with Ivy June. The whole book was so heart felt and wonderful. I couldn't stop reading it.

Posted by Lisa at November 12, 2009 4:10 PM